With the 1000th edition of Raw only an hour away, it's a good time to preview the show and throw in some predictions. Seeing as how this episode will have the excitement of the WWE Draft, the star-power of WrestleMania and as much potential as Sin Cara, it’s surprising that very few matches have been announced for the non Pay-Per-View edition of the Show of Shows.
So without further ado, here are my predictions for Raw 1000.
Opening: D-Generation X Re-unites
We start the night with one of the greatest stables re-uniting. Realistically but unfortunately, don’t expect the New Age Outlaws, Chyna or X-Pac to come back, even though some have been rumored to return. In the midst of their huge pop, Lesnar and Heyman will come out for that cheap heat that WWE ABSOLUTELY LOVES to capitalize on.
Match 1: Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio w/Ricardo Rodriguez
One of the matches of this show is not only a continuation of last week’s events, but also a relatively high-profile feud. Alberto Del Rio has been picking on Sin Cara, both during matches and post-bout. Rey Mysterio put an end to that last week when he returned and hit the 619 on the Mexican Aristocrat.
Now Del Rio wants his revenge. He'll take on Mysterio tonight and keep the upper hand for most of the match until Sin Cara comes out, which will distract Del Rio. Mysterio will get the upper hand and nail the 619 for the well-received victory.
Match 2: Heath Slater vs. Mick Foley, Will Regal and Bret Hart
Personally, I have no clue if the WWE has that many legends returning, but most of them are not in wrestling shape to actually take on Heath Slater. Some are in St. Louis for backstage segments while others are there for that promised star-power that the WWE will provide.
So tonight, Regal will decide to take Slater on (while making fun of him prior to the match). Then Foley will come out for a decent pop and hit him with a chair and then likely Socko. Finally, Hart will come out and lock in the Sharpshooter. The referees will help him up, and he'll keep going on and on until Stone Cold comes down to the ring and hits his patented stunner to end the segment. (Don’t worry, this won’t be his only appearance on the show.)
Match 3: Christian vs. Wade Barrett
There is no speculation that Wade Barrett will return tonight, but I’d still love to see this go down anyway. And as well, many superstars who are scheduled to appear were told to hide that information as best as possible, so it’s possible that the IWC’s dirt sheets didn’t see the report.
Anyways, give Christian a legitimate challenger for the belt. Cody Rhodes is too ready to be wasting his time with the intercontinental championship, but for Wade Barrett, a man who has had little main-event time even with a lot of potential, this match is perfect. Look for Wade Barrett to win upon return and enjoy the rivalry these two have; it should provide good in-ring results.
Match 4: Ryback vs. Hunico and Camacho
WWE has three young superstars in this bout, so what would WWE Creative decide to do? Completely bury one of the groups, as they enjoy doing. Don’t look for anything too special in this match. Expect an obvious Ryback victory.
Match 5: Air Truth vs. Million Dolla Playas vs. Primo + Epico
So the WWE really ruined a great opportunity by having Christian and Edge re-unite in promo as they advertise how great the tag-division used to be. That’s when a TLC or Ladder match is scheduled. Unfortunately, I doubt Christian is double booked, which means that it will just be a standard tag-match. Here’s to hoping WWE doesn’t make a big mistake.
Match 6: Layla vs. Beth Phoenix
Call me crazy, but I think that this match, which will have been repeated again for absolutely no reason, will feature legendary diva Trish Stratus. I think that somehow she will make her presence felt and help Layla defeat Phoenix, perhaps after Phoenix tries to cheat.
Main Event: John Cena vs. CM Punk
This is the match that could define Raw for the next year and dictate storylines and everything else that goes on, or this could majorly flop. I say that no matter which man wins, the match needs to be close and result in some big surprise (such as CM Punk turning heel, the Rock coming out and taking out Punk (which would lead to a SummerSlam bout between the two) or perhaps Steve Austin coming out and giving Punk a little "hello" stunner).
Regardless, they need some surprise in this match, and I think that Punk will leave the WWE Champion.
What do you guys think? Leave a comment with your opinion.